Napoli was one of four teams to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League in Thursday's early matches, cruising into the last 32 with a 5-0 victory over FC Midtjylland. Molde, Borussia Dortmund and Rapid Vienna also progressed with two games to spare.
Napoli was one of four teams to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League in Thursday's early matches, cruising into the last 32 with a 5-0 victory over FC Midtjylland.
Molde, Borussia Dortmund and Rapid Vienna also progressed with two games to spare.
Teenager Jordon Ibe fired Liverpool to its first victory in the competition, a 1-0 success at Rubin Kazan, as coach Juergen Klopp made it three wins in a row after starting his time at the Premier League club with three consecutive draws.
Liverpool remained second in Group B, but moved to within two points of Sion, which drew 1-1 against Bordeaux and missed a chance to seal its progression.
Schalke can also book its ticket to the next round with a win at Sparta Prague in the later games.
Midtjylland had won its first two games in Group D but lost 4-1 at home to Napoli and looked set for another hefty defeat when Omar El Kaddouri fired the hosts into the lead in the 13th minute.
Lorenzo Insigne collected a throw from his goalkeeper, raced down the left flank and cut inside before putting a lovely ball over the top for the Morocco midfielder to score his first goal for the Italian club.
Inisgne also had a hand in the second 10 minutes later, with an effort which Joachim Andersen parried into the path of Manolo Gabbiadini, who turned in the rebound.
Gabbiadini doubled his tally in the 38th and Christian Maggio scored his first goal since January 2013 after the break — and his first in Europe in seven years. Jose Callejon headed in the fifth.
Napoli has won all four Europa League matches this season, scoring 16 goals and conceding just one. Midtjylland remained second, two points ahead of Club Brugge, which beat Legia Warsaw 1-0.
Dortmund also eased into the next round, beating Qabala 4-0.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who netted a hat trick against Qabala last time, was again on target after Marco Reus' opener.
Qabala striker Sergei Zenjov headed into his own net in the second half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also scored.
Krasnodar remained second in Group C after beating PAOK Salonika 2-1 to move four points clear of its opponent.
Rapid Vienna won 2-1 at Viktoria Plzen to advance, while Villarreal needs just a point to also progress from Group E after winning by the same scoreline at Dinamo Minsk, which saw its qualification hopes ended by a fourth defeat.
Molde won 2-1 at Celtic to progress from Group A after Ajax was held to a goalless draw at home by second-place Fenerbahce.
Liverpool was looking for a first victory in the competition after three successive draws and James Milner hit the crossbar in the sixth minute.
Klopp's side dominated and took a deserved lead seven minutes into the second half, when the 19-year-old Ibe raced unchallenged toward the area before firing in off the far post.
Braga's hopes of qualifying on the day were dashed by a 1-0 defeat at Marseille.
It was the second setback faced by the Portuguese club in France. The entire squad's boots were stolen before the match — most likely on Wednesday night.
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou scored the only goal as Marseille moved to within three points of Braga. Slovan Liberec remained second in Group F, two points behing the Portuguese side, after winning 1-0 at FC Groningen.